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65 more cases with variants identified

Guam's public health emergency extended for another 30 days; new Covid cases continue to slow down

By Pacific Island Times News Staff Sixty-five virus samples from Covid-19 infections on Guam were identified as variants, the Department of Public Health and Social Services said today. DPHSS said the virus samples, collected between Aug. 10 and Sept. 30, underwent genome sequencing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two of the 65 samples were identified as variants being monitored (VBM), as a general term used by CDC for all variants of concern and variants of interest that are not the delta variant. Sixty-three were identified as the delta variant of concern (VOC). To date, 319 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the CDC for genome sequencing and identified a total of 172 Covid-19 cases infected with variants.

Guam's Covid area risk score has gone down to 1.3, with new positive cases and hospitalizations continuing to slow down.

As of today, 12 patients are hospitalized with Covid- 19, including two in intensive care and one on ventilator.

Despite the downward trend, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has extended Guam’s state of public health emergency for another 30 days and is now scheduled to expire on Dec. 30.

"The Covid-19 pandemic remains a clear threat to our safety as a community, and we must all continue to take common-sense precautions as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones against this disease," the governor stated in her latest Covid-19 related executive order.